On Monday, Turner Scott Motorsports named 21-year-old Ben Kennedy the full time driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He will replace James Buescher who is moving to RAB Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Kennedy, the great grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr and son of the current CEO of International Speedway Corporation and a Vice Chairperson for NASCAR Lesa France Kennedy, drove in five Truck Series races in 2012. Three of those races were in a truck prepared by Turner Scott Motorsports and his best finish was fourth at Martinsville.
"I’m really excited about the opportunity to be in Turner Scott Motorsports' No. 31 truck for 2014 and to be able to work alongside Michael Shelton and a very talented crew," said Kennedy. "It will be a great year and I hope to really learn a lot in the series and compete for wins and Rookie of the Year. It’s going to be a blast to work with such great people; I can’t thank everyone I’ve worked with in the past enough for getting me to this point in my career. A big 'thank you' to all my fans for always sticking behind me."
He drove the full NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule from 2011 through 2013 accumulating 41 starts. The 2013 season was a breakout year for Kennedy who won twice and finished fourth in the standings. He was also named the K&N Pro Series East Most Popular Driver in 2013 and was named to the NASCAR Next program in 2013.
"We are very excited to have Ben running full time for us in the Truck Series," said team co-owner Harry Scott Jr. "I believe we all have seen his potential over the last few years and we’re looking forward to seeing all that he can accomplish while running for us full time. He’s an impressive young man who is not only a talented racer, but also very smart and very driven. Turner Scott Motorsports has always been about developing talent for the future of our sport, and Ben is very representative of that. I know that everyone in our organization, especially the No. 31 crew, is looking forward to working with Ben and having a very successful year."
The No. 31 team won the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship with James Buescher and finished third in the 2013 standings with two wins. There is no word on what company will sponsor the truck.
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